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Money Box Live: Saving and investing

Patrick Connolly, Adrian Lowcock and Morven White
BBC Radio 4's Money Box Live
Wednesday, 14 July 2010 at 1502 BST on Radio 4 and Online

Vincent Duggleby and guests answered your questions about boosting investment returns while interest rates remain so low.

Savers taking out a fixed rate bond today will receive up to 23.3% less interest than they would have nine months ago, according to research by comparison service Moneyfacts.

At 2.62%, the average rate on a one year bond stands at an all time low.

With the Consumer Price Index (CPI) running at 3.2 % and the Retail Price Index (RPI), which includes housing costs and council tax at 5.0%, the value of cash savings are reduced further by inflation.

For those investors taking stock market risk, 2010 has been a volatile year. The FTSE 100 index fell from a high of 5825 on 15 April to a low of 4805 on 1 July.

With turbulent stock markets and poor returns on cash accounts how do you make the most of your savings?

Where can you find the best interest rate and are there any catches?

Have you taken advantage of your annual ISA allowance?

Maybe you are considering stock market investments, what are the risks, options and charges?

What about bonds and gilts?

Can you beat inflation?

Whatever your question the panel were ready to help.

Vincent Duggleby was joined by:

• Patrick Connolly, head of communications, AWD Chase de Vere

• Adrian Lowcock, senior investment adviser, Best Invest

• Morven Whyte, portfolio manager, Redmayne Bentley Stockbrokers

Presenter: Vincent Duggleby
Producers: Diane Richardson



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